The Upper Arlington High School baseball team’s new coach is homegrown in every sense of the word.
Sam Clark, who was a Golden Bears assistant coach the past four seasons and helped guide the team to its most recent Division I district championship, has been named to succeed Tom Marker.
Clark’s hire is pending school board approval.
“It’s incredibly exciting for me,” said Clark, a 2011 UA graduate. “I played here. I grew up here. To get to coach here is a lifelong dream.
“I didn’t have to think much before I applied. I had so much support from our staff and community members that that sort of made up my mind for me.”
Marker, who went 75-40 in four seasons at UA, resigned in early June to become coach at Olentangy Orange.
Clark was a pitcher, first baseman and third baseman on the Bears’ 2010 district title team. He was a two-year starter who went on to major in early childhood education at Miami University.
Clark, who will teach fifth grade at Greensview Elementary School beginning this fall, coached UA’s freshman team from 2015-17 and the junior varsity team last season.
“We had lots of good applicants. He played here and Tom thought highly of him,” athletics director Tony Pusateri said. “We’re excited about (Clark).”
The Bears went 21-8 overall and 10-5 in the OCC-Central Division this spring, losing to Lancaster 8-5 in a district final.
Players eligible to return include honorable mention all-state selections Tommy Dilz and Ben Krimm, both of whom will be seniors. Krimm, a pitcher and outfielder, led the Bears in batting average (.386) and home runs (5) and had 32 hits, and Dilz, a first baseman and pitcher, batted .364 with 32 hits.
“We have a lot of talent coming back. I’m already looking forward to next season,” Clark said. “It’s hard to look past your first year but I don’t see myself going anywhere else any time soon. I want to keep building this program to be strong for years to come.”
Girls rowers have new coach
After two seasons as an assistant girls rowing coach, Lauren Heck was named head coach July 5.
Heck, who was a rower at Marietta, was an assistant coach at Cincinnati Summit Country Day in 2016 before moving to central Ohio later that year and joining the UA staff.
Heck replaces Lia Snell-Rivalsky, who coached for one season.